- Coastline Cobalt seas, ochre boulders
- Coast life Walking, wining, dining
Rising from Tasmania's low east-coast hills like the arching spine of a whale is the island's famed Freycinet Peninsula (pronounced Fray-sin-aye), the go-to destination for pristine shores, crowd-free trekking and seafood to savour.
The impressive pink peaks of the Hazards capture the eye and fire the imagination. Beyond these crags lies a jewel: the gorgeous hidden inlet of Wineglass Bay, surely one of the world's most blissful beaches.
Do go/Don’t go
Unlike many places on mainland Australia (beautiful one day, perfect the next) , Tasmania has four distinct seasons. This means the crowds arrive with the summer sun (December–February), but leave the island to its own devices through winter (June-August). Freycinet in particular is a summer destination, when the ocean is warm(ish) and the weather predictable: locals and tour buses arrive on holiday. If you want to beat the the crowds but enjoy reasonable climes, aim for November or March.
Planes The closest airport to Freycinet Peninsula is Hobart International (www.hobartairport.com.au), although it's not a lot further from Launceston Airport (www.launcestonairport.com.au) if you prefer to arrive from the north. Both airports are serviced by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue domestic flights from other Australian capitals, including Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
Automobiles Because of the relatively long distances and seclusion of the region, driving your own wheels is the way to go. From Hobart it's almost 200 kilometres to Freycinet Peninsula, passing the east coast's turquoise bays and holiday hamlets. Almost equidistant, but from the north and on a much more winding road tracking through forests, undulating dairy country and mountain passes, is the journey from Launceston. The major hire-car companies have desks at both airports.
- Taxis Freycinet Peninsula is a long drive from either Hobart or Launceston, and it is unlikely any taxi service will be willing to make the trip (try Taxi Combined Services, +61 (0)3 132 227, if you really must). Within the region, East Coast Taxis (+61 (0)3 6376 2999) operates out of St Helens.